Right now it is about 935pm EDT and I am in the New York/New Jersey area. On one of our local TV stations about an hour ago a news blurb came over the TV that stated " a major cruise ship enroute to New York was diverted".more details at 11pm...anyone hear anything and if so what ship and what happened.
A "freak wave" more than 70 feet high slammed a luxury cruise ship steaming for New York yesterday, flooding cabins, injuring passengers and forcing the liner to stop for emergency repairs.
The Norwegian Dawn, an opulent ocean liner almost 1,000 feet long, limped into Charleston, S.C., yesterday afternoon after it hit vicious seas in an overnight storm off Florida - then was creamed by the rogue wave after dawn.
"[My room] was destroyed by stuff getting thrown all over the place," passenger James Fraley, of Keansburg, N.J., told NBC News before embarking on the 12-hour drive home because he didn't want to set foot on the ship again.
"It was pure chaos."
The ship, which sailed from New York last Sunday with 2,500 passengers, had been due back today.
It weathered most of a wild storm that featured gale-force winds and choppy seas. But then the vessel, longer than three football fields, was suddenly smacked by the "freak wave," said Norwegian Cruise Line spokeswoman Susan Robison. It broke a pair of windows and flooded 62 cabins, she said.
The question from hubby is why didn't the Captain or crew see this wave coming with all the sophisticated equipment they have on the Bridge?? Was it like the iceburg that no one saw in time all those years ago? Could there be an avoidance maneuver that would have made the wave less treacherous??
Now, if the Captain or crew did see it coming--did they have time to maneuver?
Under the circumstances they probably did as much as they could with the most minimal damage and injury possible. That's a tough position to be in with such a large vessel.
It would be interesting to see how we would react in a situation such as that. Lynne
There had been large waves of 35' plus for much of the day plus waves can move at a very rapid speed. A tsunami (Which this wave was NOT) moves at almost the speed of sound. Other waves can move at over 100 MPH. Cruise ships do not turn on a dime while under power. While under power (moving) it takes over a mile to turn them around. By the time you see a wave it's too late. That is if you have the visibility to see it. Radar will not pick it up because it's too close to the surface. "Under the Radar". The other surface waves will mask it.
In other words: Even with modern equipment, there is little that can be done against many of the things that nature can throw at us. The greatest testament is how well the ship weathered the storm and the wave and how well the crew reacted and how little damage was actually done and how few injuries there were.
Incidents like this are "freak" incidents but this is exactly why there are muster drills, lifeboats and life jackets in every cabin. It is also why the crew goes through the training they do.
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I also heard that supposedly one engine was running at the time and if this was the case then the ship was not at full service speed, which means the ship was not traveling as fast as it should have been.